Terms & Conditions


  1. Florida International University’s Global First Year (“FIU G1Y” or “G1Y”) students should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. In addition to these terms and conditions, as students at Florida International University (FIU), all FIU G1Y students are bound by the rules and regulations governing FIU, as those may be amended from time to time. The most recent FIU rules can be found here: http://catalog.fiu.edu.


  1. FIU and FIU G1Y reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. At all times, students will be required to comply with the then-current terms and conditions. FIU G1Y’s current terms and conditions may be found at: www.globalfiu.com/terms-and-conditions.


  1. Application: Students may apply to the FIU G1Y, the FIU Intensive English program at ELI (English Language Institute), or for direct admission to FIU. If you decide to apply to any of these programs, be sure to use the application that is specific to the program you select. Each application contains terms and conditions governing the specific program, and students acknowledge by submitting an application that they agree to the terms and conditions of the respective program. Links to applicable applications and terms and conditions can be found here: www.globalfiu.com/terms-and-conditions.


  1. Transfer Credits: Students who have completed post-secondary academic college-level credit hours are prohibited from applying to FIU G1Y.


  1. Students who are admitted to the FIU G1Y will receive a written offer letter with details on accepting the offer, paying the program deposit, and arriving on campus.


  1. Tuition, fees and accommodation payment: Following payment of the deposit, students must pay the remaining outstanding balance by the following posted payment deadline for the semester in which they enroll.


Spring 2017: December 22, 2016

Summer 2017: April 26, 2017

Fall 2017: August 1, 2017


FIU G1Y has the right to amend prices due to University actions, tax increases, governmental actions or other events beyond its control.


  1. Failure to pay: Students are required to pay the full invoice amount, including any banking or transfer fees. Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. Pursuant to section 18 of these terms and conditions, students who are unable to continue enrollment at FIU or provide FIU with a current residential address due to nonpayment of tuition or housing fees will be reported to the SEVIS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and may lose immigration status.


  1. Registration: FIU G1Y students must follow the FIU University Core Curriculum (UCC) according to student’s intended major(s). Students are registered in the UCC by G1Y. Registration is determined primarily by student’s projected major and ALEKS score. Students must complete the ALEKS exam in their home country prior to move-in date and will have the option to retake the exam one additional time during the FIU G1Y orientation to improve the test score. Any changes to course schedules are final and changes will only be considered by the Associate Academic Director for extenuating circumstances.


  1. Absences: F1 students must comply with all applicable USCIS regulations related to study on a student visa at FIU, including attendance requirements. Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status. Any student who is absent during the program or loses immigration status due to absences will not be eligible for a refund.


  1. Academic criteria: Students are accepted into the FIU G1Y with the strict understanding that progression through the FIU G1Y and successful completion of any program will require satisfactory attendance and successful attainment of specified progression grades. Progression criteria can be found at: globalfiu.com/progression-criteria. Students who do not meet the criteria for successful completion will not be allowed to proceed. Students may be offered advice on suitable alternative options, which may or may not include taking additional courses or repeating certain courses. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and accommodation fees.


  1. Academic resources: All books and learning materials need to be purchased by G1Y students upon arrival at FIU. The exact amount of the books and materials needed are subject to change based on the current course schedule and requirements.


  1. Public holidays and vacation: Classes are normally not held on public holidays and most school facilities will be closed. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations. FIU G1Y will not make reimbursements for classes not offered. Please reference the academic calendar for specific dates.


  1. Student conduct: All FIU G1Y students are required to follow FIU’s policies, rules, and regulations. Any student who commits a criminal offense, violates campus rules, has poor attendance or fails to meet program requirements may be expelled or suspended. No refund will be given in cases of expulsion. FIU’s Student Handbook (http://Studentaffairs.fiu.edu/about/student-handbook) provides a frame-work of standard acceptable behavior for students. Students are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies. All students studying at FIU have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy by FIU staff and fellow students in an environment free from harassment and conducive to learning. FIU expects G1Y students to abide by these policies by accepting responsibility for their behavior and conducting themselves in a professional manner at all times, treating fellow students and staff with respect, honesty and courtesy.


  1. Academic performance: FIU’s Academic Policies cover many aspects of academic life. These policies outline the required standards for academic performance and maintaining good academic standing. These policies can be found at http://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/about/student-handbook and  http://catalog.fiu.edu/.


  1. Accommodation and meal plan: All FIU G1Y students are required to live in an FIU G1Y residence hall. All FIU G1Y students must commit to a housing agreement for the entire duration of their program, and students acknowledge by signing these terms and conditions that the housing agreement may extend beyond the last day of their program. In the event a student cancels the G1Y program, students may be eligible for a full or partial accommodation refund for any semesters not attended, although additional cancellation fees may apply. If an FIU G1Y student is unable to live on campus, they must submit the FIU G1Y Housing Wavier Form along with an explanation when they send their official acceptance of their FIU G1Y offer, and this requirement will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Students living in FIU G1Y residential halls are also required to purchase a G1Y-designated meal plan as a condition of enrollment. The cost of the meal plan is nonrefundable.


  1. Students must be 17 years old by the move-in date (Spring 2017: January 3, 2017; Summer 2017: May 2, 2017; Fall 2017: August 14, 2017) in order to participate in the program. Students who are under the age of 18 will be required to obtain the signature and consent of a parent or legal guardian on their application before they are able to participate in the program.


  1. Health insurance: All international students studying at FIU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. government, State of Florida, and FIU requirements.
    1. At the time of their application, students are required to purchase coverage from a G1Y-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
    2. Prior to orientation, all students must have a completed FIU Student Health Services Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola), mumps, and German measles (Rubella) [MMR], and either proof of immunization against meningitis and hepatitis B, or a signed waiver declining these two Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained through the FIU Student Health Services website (http://studenthealth.fiu.edu/forms/forms-immunization.html). Students must have immunization documentation prior to class start date to live on campus.
    3. The cost of health insurance is nonrefundable. Not all services are covered by insurance, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.


  1. Student F-1 visa holders: F-1 visa holders are required to provide FIU with a current residential address and telephone number at all times. Students who fail to meet attendance requirements, continue their enrollment, or maintain satisfactory academic progress will be reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Information collected by FIU and the FIU G1Y that personally identifies a student and information regarding a student’s course progress may be shared with DHS, state and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, students’ parents, recruiters, sponsors, FIU, and FIU G1Y staff and representatives. This information may include personal and contact details, course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by the student of any FIU or FIU G1Y policies and/or any DHS rules or regulations.


  1. Airport transfers: Requests for airport transfer should be made at least two weeks in advance by visiting GlobalFIU.com/welcome. Airport transfers are available for the student’s initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Miami International Airport (MIA). FIU G1Y cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than two weeks in advance; however, staff will make every attempt to accommodate late requests. In the event that a flight is canceled or delayed, students must call the emergency telephone number published in the Pre-Departure Guide to inform G1Y’s staff of the new arrival date and time. Please see Section 21 for the airport transfer cancellation policy.


  1. Cancellation, change, curtailment, or withdrawal: Students who cancel their FIU G1Y course prior to arrival on FIU’s campus may request a full refund of deposit, tuition, and fees pursuant to Section 21. Students will be eligible for a refund only if they submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the FIU G1Y prior to the move-in date. After the start of the G1Y program orientation, students may be eligible for the following partial refunds: 90% refund during the 1st week of class, 50% refund during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of classes. After the 4th week of classes of your first semester of the program, there will be no refunds for the remainder of the program duration absent exceptional circumstances. T

    After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the partial Program refunds. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of the Program are nonrefundable. 


Spring 2017: February 3, 2017

Summer 2017: June 5, 2017

Fall 2017: September 15, 2017


Intensive English Spring 2017: February 6, 2017

Intensive English Summer 2017: June 5, 2017

Intensive English Fall 2017: October 7, 2017


  1. Refunds: FIU G1Y will only make refunds in U.S. dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which G1Y was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of written notice.


  1. Grievance procedures, appeals, or complaints: Students must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner. The FIU student grievance policy and procedure can be found at http://undergrad.fiu.edu/academic-misconduct/.


  1. Photography, filming, and sound recording: FIU G1Y or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. Any student who does not wish to participate should advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.


  1. Liability: The liability of the FIU G1Y, its operator and its group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract, or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to FIU, G1Y, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim, or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdiction of such court for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agrees to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.


  1. Force majeure: FIU and the FIU G1Y will not be liable in cases where FIU and/or FIU G1Y is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes, or any other reasons that are beyond FIU’s or G1Y’s control.


  1. Cancellation: “Cancellation Period” refers to the period up to the start date of the first course you are attending. Cancellations must be made during the Cancellation Period in writing, and in these cases, provided the student never attends, 100% of the tuition fees will be refunded. In all cases, the courier fee (if utilized), enrollment fee, and any other service charges (e.g., airport transfer fee, medical insurance, campus fee, program supplement fee, etc.) are nonrefundable. Please see Section 15 for the accommodation and meal plan cancellation policy and Section 21 for cancellations after the Cancellation Period.